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ESL Teachers Authorize Strike

By AP/KWMU

East St. Louis, ILL. – Teachers in East St. Louis have voted to strike next week if there's not a new agreement on a contract by then.

The union has been negotiating for a contract since June. A strike would leave more than 10,000 students out of school and more than 700 union members on the picket line.

A mediation session is scheduled between
District 189 and the East St. Louis Federation of Teachers Local 1220 for Friday and Sunday.

The union went on strike for a month over pay issues in 1997.

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